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August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: High School

Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos (Holt) This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Middle School

The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life by Kwame Alexander Alexander turns motivational speaker in this collection organized like a basketball game, with four quarters and rules. Alexander’s narrative of his early life in sports weaves its way through a lively display of colorful graphics, black-and-white photographs, short […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Primary and Intermediate

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood (Tegen/HarperCollins) “Magical maiden” Chantel’s biggest challenge in her education to become a proper and correct sorceress is “deportment.” And when Miss Ellicott and the other sorceresses disappear, the school runs out of food, and the manageress assigned by the city patriarchs plans to sell off […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Picture Books

Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler; illus. by Anna Raff (Holiday) This informative, interactive exploration of magnets and magnetism encourages readers to track down materials and investigate on their own. Each physics concept is carefully explained at just the right level and anchored in visible phenomena. Adler addresses common misconceptions or skillfully constructs […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Extracurriculars

Supplement school-day studies with reading for pleasure and experiential learning: Horn Book Summer Reading Summer and Children and Birds and Animals and Flowers and Trees and Bees and Books Extracurriculars from Nonfiction Notes from The Horn Book Welcome to Family Reading, a place for all families Unlucky Arithmetic: Thirteen Ways to Raise a Nonreader From […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Class Notes

Go to the head of the class with our Lolly’s Classroom blog and more: Reading Is LIT: How a Classroom Project Can Impact an Entire Community Field Notes: Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School Field Notes: “This Is Too Much!” Why Verse Novels Work for Reluctant Readers Books in the Home: What […]

August 2017 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Recommended Reading

Picture Books (click through for reviews) Magnets Push, Magnets Pull by David A. Adler, illus. by Anna Raff, Holiday Lucía the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Pow! The Street Beneath My Feet by Charlotte Guillain, illus. by Yuval Zommer, Quarto This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives […]

Week in Review, August 14th – 18th

This week on hbook.com… This week’s featured BGHB reminiscence: “Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children” by Megan Dowd Lambert Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell Fiction: It All Comes Down to […]

BGHB at 50: Seeing the Grey: Reading Molly Bang’s The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher with Children

I served on the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards committee with Thom Barthelmess and Lauren Adams, and I wrote about my kids’ responses to our selections here. So when the Horn Book editors issued an invitation to reflect on past winners and honorees for BGHB’s fiftieth anniversary, I decided to branch out from my committee’s […]

Week in Review, August 7th – 11th

This week on hbook.com… From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: Humor: “A Quick Way to Die: Humor in Translation” by Julia Marshall August issue of Notes from the Horn Book: Five questions for author Mitali Perkins, YA about changing sibling relationships, “WAHOO!”-worthy concept books, dynamic-duo easy readers, and intermediate […]